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BOLD VENTUREBold Venture was a transcribed syndication by Ziv Corporation. There were 78 thirty minute episodes produced for release with the premiere of 26 March 1951.
This was the first radio program staring Humphrey Bogart who resisted doing live radio shows because of the time involved. Since this series was transcribed he accepted the offer.
Humphrey Bogart plays the part of Slate Shannon hotel owner and owner of a boat called the "Bold Venture". He was ready to rescue a friend in need or hunt down and enemy. The setting for the series is Havana, Cuba.
Other regular cast members include his wife Lauren Bacall, who plays the part of Sailor Duval, and Jester Hairson who plays the part of King Moses, a calypso singer.
Music was supplied by David Rose and his Orchestra and scripts were written by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. Each script was a pure Bogie and Baby script style.
Of the 78 episodes produced, Otter lists 57 that are in circulation today. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some well produced radio from the 50's.
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Series Name: Bold Venture
Release Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Release Date: December 6, 2012
Release Version: Version 1
Number of CDs: 2
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- 2013-03-20 23:55:07
Subject: To Venture Again is Glorious!
True, the plots are predictable, but they were in the 50s too...still this is the sort of thing they did so well in films like TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT. THE BIG SLEEP and KEY LARGO and since these were the days before you could have those movies in your home to watch whenever you wanted this was the best next thing.
It has been said that Bogart disliked doing live radio but, if so, he did one hell of a lot of it. With appearances on the Lux Radio Theater (twice, at least) Academy Award, Screen Director's Playhouse, Al Jolson and Jack Benny to name but a few. (He liked Jack Benny a LOT and even appeared on his live TV show).
There is a definite Hemingway-esque spirit to this show (with a touch of Chandler thrown in for good measure) and you should definitely add it to your collection if you haven't already.
Subject: Very Enjoyable!
I find myself at fault for finding some of the plots predictable, but at the time I assume they were more fresh than they would be today.
Bogie's Slate Shannon is one tough SoB who only gets knocked out when its convenient for the plot. Bacall's Sailor Duvall is always ready with some quick wit or sarcastic slap of words.
Definitely worth many hours of listening! Enjoy!
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